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July marked the 16th month in a row of record setting high temperatures across the planet, including in New Mexico. Meteorologist Kerry Jones joined the KUNM Kids on The Children’s Hour Saturday at 9am to talk about the weather and the climate.

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Sat. 3/19, 9a: The Children's Hour bounces into spring with a show dedicated to celebrating the lengthening daylight and warming weather, and saying farewell to winter. What makes it winter one day and spring the next? We'll discover the science of springtime.  Plus, find out how you can get a scholarship to Hummingbird Music Camp with the Sky Velvet Vassar foundation. With great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar and so much more, spend an hour with the KUNM Kids!

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UPDATE 1/1 10:45a

Authorities have identified two men in Roswell found dead in the aftermath of last weekend's snow storm.

The Roswell Daily Record reports that Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder says 64-year-old John Spain died while shoveling snow.

National Weather Service

UPDATE 10/21 5a: Much of New Mexico east of the central mountain chain is under a flood or flash flood watch today. The National Weather Service says storms may produce 1 inch of rain per hour and some hail may clog drainages, exacerbating flooding.

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Sat. 8/22, 9a: National Weather Service meteorologist Kerry Jones talks with The Children's Hour crew about supercell storms, lightning safety and El Niño.  Great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar, and of course, lots of silliness. Wake up on Saturdays with a smile and a song, 9 to 10am. 

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Weather related deaths are down because more people know how to be safe. It’s Monsoon Safety Awareness Week and the National Weather Service wants you to know how to avoid the dangers of these seasonal storms.  

In New Mexico four people died in flash floods since 2013, and just last year lightning killed one person.

U.S. Drought Mitigation Center

Drought conditions across much of New Mexico have been improving. According to this week’s U.S. Drought Monitor report, 55 percent of the state is in moderate to severe drought. That’s down from 97 percent at this time last year.  

This May is already one of the wettest Mays on record in Albuquerque. Climatologist David Dubois says forecasts are showing above average rainfall will continue for most of New Mexico.

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  • Find a list of current school closures and delays here, here or here
  • Details on the forecast from the National Weather Service are here.
  • Check out snowfall amounts here
  • Road conditions from the state Department of Transportation here

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UPDATE 5p: Albuquerque Fire Department officials say two people were rescued from swift waters in an arroyo Wednesday afternoon.

One man was rescued near Morningside and Cutler after traveling three miles downstream. Someone had spotted him in the water near Indian School and Louisiana. He has been hospitalized in stable condition. 

A woman was rescued in the arroyo near Louisiana.  According to a city official, officers tied their rain jackets together and pulled the 16 year old straight up 10 feet to rescue her. 

How About That Storm Thursday Night?

Jul 26, 2013
Nathan Orona

I have always associated the word "monsoon" with India. Conversely, words like "arid" and "parched" I associate with the Southwestern United States, not just as descriptions, but as central facts about the regions.

These associations are incorrect.